Thursday, 21 June 2018

5 Steps to Declutter

Do you look around your home and ask yourself how it got so full of useless knick-knacks, or is your office buried under neglected piles of paper?  All of this clutter can have negative effects on your mental and emotional well-being.  Disorganization caused by clutter causes stress hormones to spike, leaving you anxious and irritated on a daily basis.  This can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, and depression, making it difficult to maintain positive emotions.  Moreover, there is a direct correlation between living in a cluttered space and reduced mental focus, which causes difficulties in problem solving, memory retention and concentration.  This results in decreased work performance as well as impaired judgement in parenting and managing a household. 

Clutter has a negative effect on physical health as well.  A cluttered space makes you feel chronically tired and lethargic, and the frustration caused by the mess can raise blood pressure and negatively impact heart health. 

Not only is clutter unhealthy, it can be dangerous as well.  Staircases filled with obstacles, shelves supporting too much weight, and debris on the floor that can be tripped over -- these all create physically unsafe conditions.  Moreover, clutter can be a fire hazard if it blocks entrance ways. 

Evidently, reducing clutter is important for maintaining a state of mental and emotional well-being as well as physical health and safety.  Although the process of decluttering may be difficult at times, it will pay off in the long run.  Follow these steps to simplify the decluttering process.

Step 1: Sometimes, all it takes to reduce clutter is to put things away.  Place books back on shelves, tuck clothes into drawers, and store shoes in closets.  You’ll already feel the difference!

Step 2: Determine what you consider to be clutter.  One person’s clutter is another person’s treasure.  Create an inventory of your belongings, and make a note of things you are no longer using, such as clothes you haven’t worn in over a year, dishes with scratches or chips, books you’ll never read again, and stacks of old magazines. 

Step 3: Pick a “declutter day” to clear out all unnecessary items.  Throw out, recycle or donate everything you marked as clutter in step 2.  Step 3 is important because it doesn’t allow you to procrastinate your decluttering process.

Step 4: Create storage.  Often, clutter exists simply because it has nowhere to go.  Utilize unused spaces such as areas underneath couches and beds.  Look into purchasing storage cubes that function as stools and benches with storage compartments under the seats.

Step 5: Reassess.  Although you’ve done most of the work in decluttering your home, there still might be some clutter lurking about.  Look through your home once more to make sure you have gotten rid of all the clutter.

Although these steps simplify the process, decluttering takes time and patience.  In the meantime, difficult-to-clean dust, mold, and animal dander accumulate around clutter, increasing allergy symptoms and respiratory problems.  This is especially harmful to people with asthma.  A professional cleaning service like Classmaids can clean out the dirt caused by your clutter, benefitting your health and well-being.  Book your cleaning by going to our website at www.classmaids.com or by calling us at (561) 470-9200.